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Driving as a tourist in Germany

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Driving as a tourist in Germany

All, I have a valid driving license issued by local authorities in Pakistan. It’s in English with my photo and signature. Wondering is it sufficient to get a rental car & drive around in Germany?

Really appreciate an insight on this as I am getting different answers from different sources.

Thanks a lot

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Dublin, Ireland
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1. Re: Driving as a tourist in Germany

you should get an IDP. it is advisable but not compulsory in germany and if you go into austria, it is mandatory.

rental company will accept your driving licence as it is in english.

Frankfurt, Germany
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2. Re: Driving as a tourist in Germany

I would take my Passport in addition to the Driver Liscense, just to make sure. You did not mention where you want to go as in general taking a train is way faster and driving inside a city is just stress that you would not need

Germany
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3. Re: Driving as a tourist in Germany

Here the official information on this by the German Federal Ministry of Transport

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> you should get an IDP. it is advisable but not compulsory

A translation is compulsory. The IDP is such a translation. Albeit Germany does also allow other official translations. Which are however normally neither easier nor cheaper to get.

Note that with translation in first place it is meant what you are allowed to drive. Less about language.

You don't need a translation however if your domestic driving licence does conform to the provisions of Annex 6 of the Convention on Road Traffic of 8 November 1968.

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4. Re: Driving as a tourist in Germany

Thanks very helpful

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5. Re: Driving as a tourist in Germany

Planning to drive from Munich to Amsterdam.

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